Podcast: Lieberman's Cold Fusion?
Of all Ford's Bold Moves, the fact that the automaker continues to provide Jonny Lieberman with press cars is easily the most impressive. Despite Mr. Neundorf's take-no-prisoners Ford Death Watch, despite Mr. Mehta's ceaseless accusations of core model neglect, despite Mr. Lieberman's withering reviews of Ford products, the automaker seems perfectly willing to afford our West Coast wheelman major seat time in their latest offerings. JL reports that The Blue Oval Boys wanted him to sample his latest loan– a Fusion four-banger mit stick– 'cause it's the sportiest variant of their front wheel-drive mid-size sedan– not because it's the most unloved vehicle in their press fleet. [FYI: Plenty of pro car hacks can't drive a manual transmission.] That's OK with us (the loan part, not the fact that a car journalist can row his own boat). Many of TTAC's most popular reviews center on garden variety machines, rather than mortagage level luxury cars or expensive exotics. We look forward to reading Jonny's take on the "base" model's dynamic capabilities. Even when– I mean "if" Ford goes belly-up, we will remember this mitzvah, knowing that somewhere within that giant organization someone has their priorities straight. When all is said and done, that still counts for something.